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Creative Flair

Fresh from landing a second Derby, Charlie Appleby’s string are flying of late, with a 46% strike-rate in the past fortnight. Creative Flair found one too good when upped to Listed level in the Michael Seeley Memorial last time out, finishing in front of some well regarded types. She’s out of a mare that stayed 2m, having finished third in a Lonsdale Cup, so this step up in trip could well suit, though she’ll want to settle a touch better. Tough, gutsy and unlikely to down tools in a battle, she’s the highest rated in the field and can justify that in the Abingdon Stakes.

Gin Palace

Eve Johnson Houghton’s charge was the winner of this race 12 months ago and arrives here just 2lb higher in the handicap. He followed up that victory in 2020 with a win at Newmarket off 4lb higher so is more than capable of running to this level. No wins since then are a concern of sorts, but he’s not been running poorly by any means. Fourth on softer ground than ideal at Sandown last time, he didn’t start well at Ascot the time before that and was then keen off a slowish pace but performed with credit to be beaten less than 4l in a decent apprentice handicap. If things fall right here, he could land another win at this track.

Mark Of Respect

He’s not reliable by any means but Jonathan Portman’s charge is more than capable of running a big race at a big price. He was beaten just a neck at Wolverhampton two starts back when sent off at an SP of 33/1, and is likely to appreciate the quick ground in Berkshire today. He broke his duck on Firm ground at Bath last season and wasn’t disgraced in fourth in similar conditions back at the same venue last season. The first two that day are now rated 9lbs and 12lbs higher, while the selection arrives here 2lb lower. He didn’t quite see out the 1m2f at Leicester last time, so this return to a mile should suit.

Ruby Red Empress

A step back up in trip looks to be just the ticket for Sean Curran’s charge, having taken every yard of Bath’s mile trip to get up on the line. With his jockey hard at work a long way out, going a bit slower in the main part of the race could see him travel more comfortably. The handicapper has only nudged him up 2lb for that win, which has been boosted by the third placed horse winning next time out. The win at Bath came on soft ground, but he’s proven equally effective on a sounder surface, having hit the frame on his last run on good ground at Sandown last September.


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Leg 1
Sovereign Prince
Leg 2
Rani Of Jhansi
Lucky Bay
Leg 3
Evident Beauty
Teurean Emerald
Leg 4
Creative Flair
Leg 5
Gin Palace
Leg 6
Semper Augustus
Mark Of Respect

About Newbury Racecourse

Newbury plays host to some of the biggest races across both the jumps and Flat season. Founded at the turn of the 20th century, the Berkshire venue is located less than half-an-hour away from Lambourn and has attracted some of the biggest stars in the sport over the years. Peak of the National Hunt calendar is the Ladbrokes Trophy, previously known as the Hennessy, and is regarded as one of the top Gold Cup trials. All-time greats such as Denman and Arkle both managed to complete the double.

Newbury’s stiff fences place an emphasis on jumping, perhaps more so over shorter distances like in the Game Spirit Chase, which has produced numerous Champion Chase winners in recent years. Over the timber, the Betfair Hurdle is perhaps the highlight where 24 hurdlers duke it out over a fast and furious 2m. In the summer months, the Greenham serves up plenty of Guineas clues, whilst the previous year’s Classic contenders will often line up in the valuable Lockinge Stakes.

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